I’m so excited to be part of AllFreeCrochetAfghanPattern’s Security Blankets Charity Drive! In this post, I’ll be introducing my free crochet pattern for the mile-a-minute Little Brother/Little Sister Security Blanket with you, sharing links to 6 more free crochet blanket patterns that are perfect for donation, and letting you know how to get involved in the charity drive.
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As my long-time readers know, I do most of my crocheting on my commute in New York City’s subways (hence the name Underground Crafter). When you’re working on a larger project, that’s not such a great idea. You may think that I live in this incredibly well lit (and incredibly neat) apartment shown in many of my blanket photos, like the one for the Classic Granny with a Twist Blanket shown below.
In fact, that’s my mother’s well-decorated apartment which also has great natural light. My own apartment has not-so-great natural light, a whole lot of cat hair, and we don’t have overhead lights in the living room or bedroom… so crocheting at night is not so easy. Or, at least, it wasn’t. A few weeks ago, the nice folks at Brightech contacted me about trying out one of their magnifier lamps. They have a great selection and that was sure tempting, but I asked to try the Montage Classic LED Floor Lamp in Oil Rubbed Bronze instead. You can watch it in action in this video.
When it arrived, MC and I were overjoyed. It came in a smallish box and we assembled it in minutes.
Just as I had hoped, it was easy to move around (though we usually keep it near the couch in the living room) and it has a beautiful soft light. It’s perfect for crocheting at night, especially with a darker yarn. Since it’s a warm LED light, it doesn’t overheat, even after hours of use, so I don’t have to worry about one of the cats getting hurt. The warmness of the light is also great because it doesn’t feel overly bright at night and it’s easy to use it right up until bedtime.
When AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns.com asked me to design a pattern for their charity drive for Project Linus, I knew I would be able to meet the short deadline because I could get a lot more done at home with the help of my Montage Classic LED Floor Lamp.
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A few weeks ago, the folks at @brightechshop reached out to me and asked me to review one of their lamps. I’ve been loving #crocheting at night under the light of my Montage, which is an LED floor lamp. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to sort out my strips correctly because in the dark, my Color A and Color B are hard to tell apart! Quick tip: When sewing strips or motifs together, tie them up with a little bit of yarn to keep everything in the right order. #Crochet pattern coming soon in @redheartyarns Dreamy and Soft #yarns. #undergroundcrafter #igotitfree #crochettips #crocheted #redheartyarns #joycreators #brightech #crochetersofinstagram #crochetersofig #instacrochet #crochetersgonnacrochet #latenightcrochet
Project Linus is a wonderful organization that has been connecting crafters with children in need for over two decades. They have distributed literally over 7 million (!) blankets. I profiled them in one of my charity spotlight posts and shared the free crochet pattern for the Rippled Security Blanket two years ago. (And yes, that is my mother’s couch again.)
I know that this time of year, it’s easy to get wrapped up (pun intended) with holiday crafting, but I hope you’ll all join me in making security blankets for sick and traumatized children who are so in need of warmth and comfort, especially around the holidays. It’s a great time of year to reflect on all you have and to reach out with compassion to those that don’t have enough. Let’s become Project Linus “Blanketeers” and use our hooks to provide some cozy, handmade hugs to children in need.
AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns will be collecting your beautiful blankets to donate to Project Linus through December 17, 2018. When you send in a blanket, you’ll be entered to win a fabulous yarn bundle! If you have pets like I do, be sure to wash your blanket before sending it in. I wouldn’t just ask you to donate without sharing some great free crochet patterns to get you started, though. Let me tell you about my special design for this charity drive, the Little Brother/Little Sister Security Blanket. The blanket finished photos are by AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns.
It’s a “mile-a-minute” blanket, meaning that it’s worked in the round in strips. The strips are portable and work up quickly since they are shorter and narrower than a scarf. Once you have all of your strips done, you assemble the blanket together.
I wanted the blanket to be a very fun tactile experience, so I used Red Heart Dreamy and Dreamy Stripes, brushed yarns with a halo, and Red Heart Soft, a smooth and shiny yarn. Then, I joined the strips with a single crochet seam on the right side, so there are little hills of texture between each strip.
- Checkerboard in Primary Colors Blanket (in Baby Blanket size),
- Rippled Security Blanket,
- Gentle Gradient Ripple Blanket (with video tutorial),
- Simple Rectangular Granny Blanket,
- Classic Granny with a Twist Blanket, and
- The Wripple Blanket.
If you make your own Little Brother/Little Sister Security Blanket, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!
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Little Brother/Little Sister Security Blanket
Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter
This mile-a-minute blanket meets the donation requirements for Project Linus, an organization that distributes handmade blankets to children in need. A combination of yarn types and textured joins make it a comforting and fun sensory experience. This pattern was designed for AllFreeCrochetAfghanPattern’s Security Blankets Drive.
- Baby Blanket: 43” (109 cm) wide x 34” (86.5 cm) long.
- Red Heart Dreamy yarn (100% acrylic, 8.8 oz/250 g, 466 yd/425 m/medium weight) – 1 skein each in 8512 Aqua (CA) and 8311 Ivory (CC), or approximately 466 yd (425 m) in each of 2 colors in any medium weight yarn.
- Red Heart Dreamy Stripes yarn (100% acrylic, 6.3 oz/180 g, 355 yd/325 m/medium weight) – 1 skein in 9381 Caribbean (CB), or approximately 325 yd (297 m) in any medium weight yarn.
- Red Heart Soft yarn (100% acrylic, 5 oz/141 g, 256 yd/234 m/medium weight) – 1 skein in 1882 Toast (CD), or approximately 230 yd (210.5 m) in any medium weight yarn.
- Yarn needle.
- Stitch markers.
- 12 dc = 4” (10 cm) across. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.